UPDATE: Officials identify victim in fatal New Bedford fire
By: News Staff
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — Officials have identified the man who died Wednesday after an early morning fire in New Bedford.
A section of Potter Street was shut-off for some time Wednesday morning after a fire left one man, identified as Jaxson Leahy, 21, of New Bedford.
Firefighters received the call at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and when they got to the house, the fire had already spread to the first and second floor. A huge cloud of smoke billowed out of the roof.
The house on Potter Street is a single-family home and rescuers were told there was a person still inside.
Fire crews found Jaxson on the second floor of the home.
“No firefighters have been injured, everybody else in the building had self-evacuated prior to our arrival and it’s only he one confirmed fatality at the time,” said Deputy Paul Coderre Jr. from the New Bedford Fire Department.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but it does not appear suspicious at this time.
The State Fire Marshall’s office will be investigating.